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Apple Magic Mouse wows without wires, wheel

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(Read caption) The Apple Magic Mouse is one big touchpad. Will it beat its buttoned brothers?

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From the "We really shouldn't want that" department.

Ah, mice. As far as the humble mouse goes, there's really not much to get excited about. Sure, you can buy one optimized for gaming, one that fits in even the most minimalist laptop case (um, isn't that called a trackpad?) or even one that claims to have your ergonomic best interests in mind.

But really, let's be honest: most of us use whatever crummy palm pointer came in the box. The $69 Apple Magic Mouse could change that (except for users of Apple's newly revamped iMac, which ships with it included).

With a sportscar-sleek one-piece touchpad top, the little stunner from Cupertino (would that it were made in Pasadena; think of the jingle potential!) really turns heads. When's the last time a mouse did that?

Boot up a compatible Mac – this guy's for the Leopard-and-newer crowd – and things really start to get interesting. Like Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and, more recently laptop trackpads, the top surface is a multi-touch panel. Swipe two fingers up, down, or side to side, and the page onscreen scrolls. Pinch and spread to zoom in and out on photos.


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